After reading the Sen Fienstein thread, something told me to google Israeli Gas Masks... Here is what I found. Note this is HOT off the press, its not Feb 1st here in the USA yet, but this article is dated Feb 1st, 12
The article is based partly on Israel running out of masks due to the Gov stopping the funding, but a letter was sent to Israeli reservists with a word of caution, stating: “As people whose role in the reserves is to protect the home front we need to understand the need to act now and obtain masks for our families.”... Supply runs out in Feb, 2012... The article further states that requests for masks have climbed due to a fear of war with Iran, but the Gov seems to also be concerned with Assad and Syria (Chemical Warfare)... "It is also concerned with the possibility that President Bashar Assad will be tempted to attack Israel if he feels his regime’s demise is imminent."
"There are a limited number of gas masks...if you don't get one now, you could be left without one," Col. Tirosh writes.